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Need a Central Texas Divorce Lawyer?

Simply thinking about the concept of divorce can bring heartache to many hurting couples. Divorce is not an easy legal matter to handle, especially when matters of child support and child custody have to be determined. There are different types of divorces, contested and uncontested. Even in uncontested divorces, which are those involving amicable relationships, emotions are typically very sensitive. Feelings of anger, loss, pain, and frustration are typically found and one of our Texas Divorce Lawyers from The Carlson Law Firm can help ease some of the burdens from your situation.

Our Texas divorce lawyers serve the following counties:

  • Bell County
  • Williamson County
  • Travis County
  • Hays County
  • Burnet County
  • Bastrop County

If you live in Central Texas, contact a qualified Texas Divorce Attorney for assistance. Once the process starts, it’s crucial to have legal representation every step of the way to ensure that your rights are always protected. We will do everything we can get reach an amicable solution without going to court, but in the event that trial becomes necessary, we will fight diligently to get you the results you want.

As a veteran-owned law firm, The Carlson Law Firm proudly represents military members in our community in need of a family law attorney. Our Fort Hood divorce attorneys are here to help you navigate divorce or child custody arrangements.

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Grounds For Divorce

When it comes to establishing the grounds for divorce, the state of Texas has seven that can be considered. Grounds for divorce are reasons that a married couple will be able to legally get divorced. A Texas Divorce Attorney can help you determine which of these seven reasons to get divorced may apply to your situation:


This is the most common reason for divorce, which alleges that the marriage has become insupportable as a result of disagreement and conflict. If you and your spouse are not getting along anymore and you cannot see another solution, this would be your solution to choose. Insupportability means “discord or conflict of personalities” that has prevented any “reasonable expectation of reconciliation.”


Adultery damages hundreds of thousands of marriages in the United States each year. Generally, marriages that experience an affair end in divorce. It is when one spouse is not faithful to the other. Texas defines adultery as voluntary sexual intercourse with a person besides your husband or wife. If you are filing for divorce based on adultery, you should be prepared to show the court proof of the affair.


If your spouse has treated you or children in a cruel or abusive manner and living together is no longer an option, this would be the option to choose. Cruel treatment means the behavior of one spouse is so extreme as to make it impossible for the parties to live together under the same roof. This cruel treatment can be physical or emotional in nature. Evidence can be hard to come by in order to prove cruel treatment in a divorce so a party who wishes to plead cruel treatment as a ground for divorce ought to be open and honest with the attorney so that necessary evidence can be located. This grounds for divorce is also often alleged.

Felony Conviction

In the state of Texas, if your spouse has been convicted of a felony, is imprisoned for a year or more and has not been pardoned, a divorce can take place. This cannot take place if the convicted spouse was imprisoned on the testimony of the one pursuing divorce.


If your spouse has abandoned you a divorce can be accomplished. The important part is that the abandonment had to have lasted for a year or longer.

Living Separately

If you and your spouse have lived apart for at least three years, a divorce is a possibility. This is used when it is a mutual agreement to live separately.

Confinement in a Mental Facility

If your spouse is in a mental hospital and has been for three years, you can pursue divorce. When they do not appear to be improving, a divorce can take place.

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No Fault Vs. Fault-Based Divorce

Most divorces in Texas are considered no-fault divorces, where both parties agree to divorce on grounds of being unable to sustain the marriage. There are certainly times when a divorce attorney may advise a client that there are grounds for an at-fault divorce and suggest that this type of divorce be filed. Knowing the difference between these two types of divorces before filing either a no-fault or fault-based divorce is important in Texas. When grounds for an “at-fault” divorce are applicable, a person considering such action should seek the advice of a divorce lawyer to help decide if this type of divorce action should be considered.

What Is No-Fault Divorce?

In Texas, a no-fault divorce applies when one or both spouses can no longer support or agree to the marriage. In this type of divorce, both spouses agree that they cannot stay married and have agreed to file for a no-fault divorce, which is an easier type of divorce to handle than a fault-based divorce.

What is Fault-Based Divorce?

Unfortunately, not every divorce is a simple no-fault one, particularly when spouses do not agree on a divorce. In this situation, the party seeking a divorce can have their divorce attorney file based on fault, naming the reasons why the marriage is not sustainable. These reasons may include adultery, abuse, cruelty, mental incapacity, felony conviction, three years or more of living apart, and abandonment. These are called Grounds for Divorce.

Military Divorce

When it comes to divorce situations involving members of the military, there are specific laws that make the divorce more complex than typical. Special and unique issues take place when compared to everyday civilian divorces. There are laws that are set in place to protect active military members from being placed in default because of a failure to respond to divorce actions. Everyone has the right to know that they are being divorced, and active military men and women are often unable to respond at an appropriate time.

This protection was established under the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, 50 UCS §521.

Military Divorce Requirements

The active military spouse will have to be personally served with a divorce summons or else the court will not have jurisdiction over the active military member. An exception can sometimes occur in uncontested cases where the active duty spouse does not have to be served if the member signs a waiver that acknowledges the divorce. The residency requirements include that either spouse lives in Texas and that the active service member is stationed in Texas.

Other factors are specific as well when it involves a military divorce, such as child support and spousal support. The awards are not allowed to exceed 60% of the military member’s pay.

For those on either side of a military divorce, our firm can make the situations clear and understandable.

How a Fort Hood Divorce Lawyer  Can Help You

This is a situation you will not want to experience on your own as there are many specifications involved. We can help you reach an agreeable settlement, and if this is not possible, our firm can aggressively fight for you and your rights. Make sure to get the protection you need as you experience this difficult point of your life. Call The Carlson Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with a Fort Hood military divorce attorney.

There's a Carlson Law Firm Near You

With 12 locations throughout Texas, there’s a Carlson Law Firm near you. We have law offices located in Killeen, Temple, Waco, Round Rock, Austin, San Antonio, Laredo, Bryan, Lubbock, and Corpus Christi.

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